Friday, December 21, 2012

I don't know why, but it seems that some pages are no longer allowing full size images to be shown; 1939, 1940.  While other pages are!  I have no idea what is going on with this crappy software.......

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The remainder of my current 1939 Lithuanian covers were loaded up today:

1939 Lithuanian Page

Vilnius-Gelezinkelio-Stotis e 21.12.39
This one is a nice Polish commercial cover sent to Danzig with an Auslandsbriefprüfstelle censor.

Vilnius 6a 29.10.39
Commemorative postal cover with full set of the "Recovery of Vilnius" issue, sent to Kaunas.

Vilnius Cd 2.XI.39
Another commemorative cover with full set of the "Recovery of Vilnius" issue, sent to Kaunas. This time registered.

Vilnius 6b 28.11.39
A registered cover to London, UK. Interestingly this letter bore no censor marks. The sender had written in English on the rear that the contents were written in Russian.

Vilnius-Gelezinkelio-Stotis e 6.12.39 
A really nice commercial cover for Arx Perfumes. Sent to Germany with Auslandsbriefprüfstelle and military censors.

Vilnius 5a 28.11.39
Some lovely handwriting on this registered cover to Varniai in Lithuania.

Vilnius-Gelezinkelio-Stotis b 5.12.39
Postal picture postcard sent to Janopol, Poland.

That just leaves months more work to do.......

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Newly listed for this week:

Note, it does not seem possible to link to an element within a page with this Blogger software. So the links below all go to the top of the 1940 page rather than the actual covers! That's a real drag. I am contemplating creating this project on Wordpress next year as it seems to be far better and flexible than this medium.

1940 Page

VILNIUS 10a 1.4.1940
A Vilnius 10a Express Registered letter to Germany that also has a previously tied set of stamps with the  rare Kazimiero Muge 1940 oval. A cover I had suspected was a forgery, but it in fact would be a correctly franked letter if one assumes the Fair cancel was a favor cancel at an earlier date.  An odd cover anyhow!

VILNIUS 10a 20.8.1940

This is another Vilnius 10a,  Registered letter to Warsaw  with very rare and late usage of a 1Lt "The Dark Angel of Death" airmail. I was under the impression that this stamp was not available for sale during 1940, however this is but one of several covers I have or have seen from that period.  The sender has decided that Warsaw was now German, hence the address label states "Germany" (Vokietija). Not that that is incorrect, but odd to see this written. One would have thought the sender would write "Generalgouvernment Polen".

VILNIUS 9b 21.12.40

Lastly, for 1940 a lovely philatelic rarity sent by the philatelist W Czarnocki. With this cover we have mixed franking; Soviet and Lithuanian with a seldom seen Vilnius 9b cancel.

VILNIUS Cf 14.8.40
A simple but attractive domestic letter to Kaunas.

TURGELIAI a 5.2.40
A clean and seldom found letter with a Turgeliai cancel (District Wilno-Troki). 

An interesting postal card with censorship and for me the only item I currently have with that cut down railway station date cancel. Sent to Warsaw.

VILNIUS 9b 10.9.40
A very interesting cover again from the  philatelist W Czarnocki. this time he's used two stamps from the 1936 airmail set, which were not readily available in 1940 as they were no longer sold over the Post Office counter.

1939 Lithuanian Page

Here is a very rare postcard sent to prisoner of war camp Offlag XVIII B in German, expertized by Falkowski. 

VILNIUS Cc 18.11.39
Registered mail to Paris with pairs of "Shield/Arms" definitives.

VILNIUS 6b 18.12.39
A pleasing registered letter to Bern, Switzerland.

VILNIUS Ce 9.11.39
A nice Polish commercial cover sent to Germany complete with censor markings.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Some interesting cards coming up this weekend, mostly from towns within the Wilno-Troki District though a couple of Polish Inland postcards show interesting postal handling.

Truskawca, Commemorative cancel, 18.VIII.36 to Wilno with Postage Due, 20.VIII.36

Mościce Balloon Post 23.V.39 Postcard to Wilno 

Landwarów b, 20.VIII.38 Letter to Osbrów, Poland

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1940 and 1939 covers now being listed

Up today are the beginnings of the 1939 Lithuanian and 1940 covers.....

Monday, October 8, 2012

1938 page has begun

First up on the 1938 page are two Official Mails from the Wilno Provincial Office to two different towns in the Głẹbokie district, you can view them on the 1938 page .

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Today I was provided with a new document that provides a complete list of the Polish TPO routes. Such information is invaluable and has helped clear up some 'unknowns' on covers from 1935.  You can find this document referenced on the Bibliography page, it's titled SPIS.  My thanks go to Jerzy Białaz, Poland for providing me with a pdf of this document.